Ukrainian language (ukrayins’ka mova) is the official language of Ukraine.It is one of the East Slavic languages like Russian and Belorussian. Ukrainian language is currently emerging from a long period of decline.Whether they are comfortable (or capable) of speaking back to you is a toss-up.
Don’t do it too loudly, try to keep the tonal volume at a rate that only the cashier can hear you.
This way, other people don’t hear and they don’t have to deal with potential fears of speaking in English. By doing it this way, people working will greatly appreciate your thought of not putting them on the spot and are more likely to be more helpful to you.
Almost always you’ll get this response: Then you just make your order in English. Of course, one of the best things you can do is try to learn a little Russian–Russian Pod is one of the best resources for this.
How do you get by in non-English speaking countries?
As I said, some people in Ukraine are afraid to speak English. Please don’t actually eat at Mc Donald’s in Ukraine 😉 –there is a lot of But they may not want to.
They may be insecure about their ability or uncomfortable saying it in public. So, when you go to order, simply ask if they speak English.Approximately 40% of the population in the Ukraine describe themselves as atheist.Of those that do adhere to some form of religion, 37% belong to one of the three major orthodox denominations present in the country.Nearly all under 30s in the Kiev city center will be able to communicate with you in English.But take the metro a few stops out…and that changes. The same holds true in Odessa, Lviv, and other places.But you can hardly find anybody speaking Ukrainian in Crimea.